Chili Garlic Crab: A Boracay Recipe


Belle Piccio
Belle Piccio | May 08, 2014
Chili Garlic Crab: A Boracay Recipe

Your Boracay vacation won’t be complete if you haven’t tried eating at Dampa.

Dampa is a place in Boracay where you buy your seafood at a nearby wet market and have a restaurant cook it for you.

One of my favorites is the “Chili Garlic Crab” or others call it plainly as “Chili Crab”. Here’s a recipe from on how to cook your own Chili Crab. The recipe is good for 4 pax.

Chili Garlic Crab; photo by Dustin Mijares

Chili Crab


  • 2 lbs crab, cut in half
  • 2 tbsp cooking oil
  • 2 tbsp garlic, minced
  • 3 tbsp ginger, minced
  • 1 tbsp crushed red pepper or 3 pieces sliced red chili
  • 2 tbsp hoisin sauce
  • 1/2 cup tomato catsup or tomato sauce
  • 1/4 cup sweet chili sauce
  • 2 tbsp fish sauce
  • 1/2 tsp sesame oil
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 3 tbsp green onions or scallions, thinly sliced crosswise

Cooking Procedure

  1. Heat a cooking pot and pour the cooking oil
  2. Saute the garlic, ginger, and crushed red pepper
  3. Add the crab and cook for 3 to 4 minutes
  4. Put-in the hoisin sauce, tomato ketchup, sweet chili sauce, fish sauce,and sesame oil then mix with the other ingredients
  5. Pour-in the water and bring to a boil then simmer for 10 minutes or until the sauce is thick
  6. Garnish with green onions on top
  7. Serve hot. Share and Enjoy!

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